Tuesday, 17 September 2019

ECOWAS Appeals To Nigeria To Reopen Borders

The ECOWAS Parliament on Monday appealed to the Nigerian government to reopen its closed borders as it hampers on the implementation of free trade movement within the ECOWAS region.
Speaker of the Parliament, Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo made the call in a statement at the opening of the 2nd Extra-Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Monrovia, Liberia.

He added that the border closure poses a threat to the implementation of the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons at a time when Africa need to intensify efforts for effective abolition of barriers within the Community.

Cisse Lo, however, urged the government to find a permanent solution to the challenge of smuggling, rather than closing the borders, which was not a lasting solution.

“In the same vein, the closure of the Nigerian borders with Benin more than a month ago and Niger more recently is a hindrance to the achievement of the Community’s main objective, which is to achieve the creation of a prosperous, borderless West African region where peace and harmony prevail.

“The ECOWAS Parliament calls for compliance with Community provisions and thus calls for the reopening of borders and a coordinated fight against smuggling in the region;

“The root causes of this recurrent situation must be studied with a view to finding a permanent solution,” he added.

He also condemned the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, saying that it had constituted real threats to African integration.

“At the time of our session, serious events are taking place on our continent and should be given special attention.

“Indeed, in South Africa, in recent weeks, we have witnessed an upsurge in extremely violent xenophobic acts.

“These sad images of Africa, these painful events and the tensions they generate challenge us as elected representatives of our peoples, we are extremely concerned and deeply outraged.

“The ECOWAS Parliament calls on the South African authorities to assume their responsibility by guaranteeing all their foreign nationals the right to life, physical integrity and free movement.

“We also call on all African States and the African Union to adopt diligent initiatives to restore peace and security and ensure a return to calm in South Africa and all other States.

Cisse Lo, however, expresses the readiness of the Parliament to discuss the 2020 budget of the ECOWAS Community.

He said that the agenda of the extraordinary session was to adopt Parliament’s draft Budget for 2020 financial year, as well as the revision of Rule 13 of the Rules of Procedure of the Fourth Parliament devoted to the Inaugural Session.

He said that an Ad Hoc Committee was set up to prepare a preliminary draft of Parliament’s Budget for the year 2020.

According to him, the report of the said Ad Hoc Committee was transmitted and examined by the Bureau of Parliament at its last meeting held in Monrovia.

“Parliament’s competent committee, in particular, the Administration, Finance and Budget Control Committee, after approval by Parliament will report to the Plenary.

“This is an opportunity for each of us, honourable colleagues, to impose a rigorous discipline on ourselves in order to examine the preliminary draft Budget 2020 carefully and objectively.

” I remain convinced that we will be diligent and punctual so that the full treatment of our agenda can be accomplished under good and fruitful conditions,” he said.

I Paid $15,000 In Bitcoin To My Daughter’s Kidnappers - PDP Chieftain, Umar Ardo

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Umar Ardo, whose daughter, Aisha, was kidnapped Saturday, said he paid $15,000 to secure her release.

He told Daily Trust yesterday that he was contacted by one of the kidnappers on Sunday at about 9:56 am who said his daughter would return to him safely if he cooperates with them.

“I then said okay I will cooperate and negotiate with you on one condition; that is if you give me two promises. One, that you will not harm my daughter, by which I meant you won’t kill her. Secondly you will not molest my daughter by which I meant you won’t rape her.

“But if you cannot promise me these two then you can as well do what you want to do with her. The caller then said Dr I see you are a gentleman and I am also a gentleman. I give you these two promises; we will not touch your daughter.

“I then asked what would you want me to do in order to get back my daughter? He said you are going to pay us $15,000. If you cooperate with us your daughter would return to you but if you don’t cooperate with us you will never see her again alive.”

Describing the kidnappers as gentlemen who kept their promise, Ardo said they later called him around 3 pm to say they wanted him to make the payment by bit coin . “I told them I don’t know how to do this bit payment but the caller insisted I must learn. I will text you our address through which you will go and make the payment; it is up to you to do that; don’t forget the life of your daughter is on the line.

“Thank God I had the money in my domiciliary account. I got somebody who paid the money through the wallet account. Within an hour we sent the money and it generated payment evidence which I texted to him. I was waiting for his response but he didn’t but by 10 pm a call came I picked and it was my daughter. She said she was at drumstick at Gwarimpa where I went with family members and picked her.” Ardo said.

Meanwhile, recent incidents of abductions in Abuja’s highbrow areas have shocked some residents who now live in fear for their lives. Before now, kidnappings had been reported in suburbs of the territory and other states, but the abduction of Aisha Ardo, has got people worried about their safety. Investigations by Daily Trust revealed that 34 people were kidnapped in various places in Abuja from January to September 2019. September has recorded five reported cases, but only two were confirmed by police authorities.

The police confirmed the kidnap and release of the Baze University’s lecturer, Abubakar Alkali and that of Aisha Umar Ardo. Those of Mrs Hannah Azubuike who was widely reported to have been kidnapped near Habiba Plaza in Maitama and two teenagers who were kidnapped while returning from Islamiyya in Wuse zone 6 were not confirmed. June and July also recorded five kidnappings; April, four and March, three, all in Abuja.

Isma’il Maishanu, a resident, said the city is no longer safe. “It’s very sad news to hear about people that were kidnapped here in Abuja especially in the metropolitan areas. I find it hard to wrap my head around what is really going on. It has become like a trend now because I heard six people were kidnapped as of Saturday here in Abuja. “Abuja is not safe, we are all not safe. Everyone needs to be more careful and be on the alert at all times,” he said. Another resident, Hafsah Lawal, said nowhere is now safe in Nigeria if kidnappings could happen right in the nation’s capital.

“I think these people have grown wings. They are not even scared of the government again. And I feel like it has become a business for them because they made the father of Aisha pay $15,000 in bitcoins; it’s really getting out of hand,” she said. For Maryam Gambo, residents have to be more circumspect about their security as it now appears there was no safe haven in the city. Mahmud Shehu, on his part, said: “I imposed curfew on myself , around 6pm, I ensure I’m home.”

The FCT Police Command, however, said the territory was not under siege as being inainuated. A statement by the command spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, also said there were no rampant cases of kidnapping in the city. “The command wishes to reassure the public that the Federal Capital Territory is safe and the police has reinvigorated its crime fighting strategy to ensure the protection of lives and property in the FCT,” the statement said.

According to him, the speculations on social media about an upsurge in the crime were false and that the command wishes to assure the public that efforts were being intensified to arrest the suspects behind the crimes. Security expert advises on way forward A retired Commissioner of Police, Lawrence Alobi, told Daily Trust that that the FCT needed increased police patrols around the city as police presence is a preventive measure in crime-fighting.

However, he decried that the police did not have enough manpower and vehicles to properly police the city. He said: “When I was FCT police commissioner, I introduced the use of mounted troops in areas like Maitama and Asokoro which assisted in crime prevention.” He said people should install close circuit television cameras in their business environments to checkmate crime. He said this would help in preventing, detecting and the prosecution of crime in cities. Alobi also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Police Trust Fund Bill which was passed by the eighth National Assembly.

He said this would address the funding challenges of the police, and also solve the manpower challenges of the police. Abuja one of the safest capital cities in the world – IGP Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while reacting to the anxiety the widely circulated social media message that Abuja was under siege has created in the city, yesterday said the territory was safe, secure and not under any form of siege.

Police spokesman Frank Mba, in a statement, said: “This assertion comes against the backdrop of recent speculations in some sections of the media, particularly the social media, of an upsurge in crime rate within and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. “While observing that, like other climes across the world, the country has its security challenges, the IGP, however, notes that a comprehensive analysis of crime statistics on major cities across the world would reveal that Abuja has one of the lowest crime rates and remains indisputably one of the safest capital cities in the world. “The IGP further observes that the Federal Capital Territory Police Command has a robust anti-crime architecture which is continually rejigged to effectively tackle prevailing and emerging crimes.”

“He, however, enjoins all law-abiding citizens and visitors alike to go about their lawful businesses without any fear or apprehension.”

Nigerian Police Officer Dismissed For Serial Theft

A Nigerian police officer attached to the Jigawa state police command has been dismissed for stealing a TV set and a pair of shoes.

The dismissed police officer said to be the son of a retired police officer was identified as Abdullahi Yusuf. Jigawa State Police commissioner, Bala Senchi confirmed the dismissal of the constable who he said has been stealing since he joined the police force.

“A policeman is expected to be of good characters and morals, that’s why he’s entrusted to protect the lives and properties of the people. The command would not spare any officer found tarnishing the good image of the organization, the police commissioner warned,” Mr Senchi said.

Yusuf reportedly stole the TV set from a junior officer, two weeks after he was released after spending four months at the criminal investigation department as punishment for an item he stole earlier.

Recounting how the suspect was apprehended earlier, a resident of Unguwar Sarki in Dutse metropolis identified as Muktar Yunusa said the dismissed police officer burgled his house in the daytime using five different keys.

“When he came out with the stolen items which included TV set, a remote control and a pair of shoes, I asked him where he was going with those items, he pretended that he knows the occupant of the house without knowing the house belongs to me.

“Subsequently, I called the attention of other neighbours, we apprehended him and took him to the police station,” Mr Yunusa said.

Don’t Waste Your Time Going To Supreme Court, Sagay Counsels Atiku

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has counseled Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections not to go to the Supreme Court.

Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Sagay said lawyers with good knowledge of Election Laws know that Atiku’s petition against Buhari’s victory is a futile exercise.

” I think any lawyer who knows anything about Election Law would have realised that Atiku’s petition against President Buhari’s victory was futile” Sagay said.

Kwara Schools Reject Bukola Saraki's School Materials Donated For Students

Schools in Kwara State would not accept any instructional materials with pictures of any personality, according to a statement issued by Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Yakub K. Aliagan.

This follows allegations that instructional materials donated to public schools in Kwara from the Mandate Office of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki had pictures or other insignias of the former senate president.

Information on social media also alleged that those materials were rejected at the schools and there have been calls on the government to speak on the development.

The statement claimed that the state government was not aware of the distribution of the instructional materials in the first instance.

The statement read, “The appropriate thing to do is to send those materials to the Ministry of Education, which has a statutory duty of vetting learning materials for quality control and then approve such for distribution.

Not doing so was a violation of a basic rule, which is key to strengthening our institutions and keeping standards.

“Besides, it is wrong for anyone to emblazon their images or personal logos on instructional materials made with public resources for distribution in public schools.

The said materials were some sort of Constituency Projects, which had been approved and funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“It is instructive to note that the Kwara State Ministry of Education recently approached Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to mass-produce instructional materials with his picture emblazoned on them ahead of school resumption and the governor rejected the proposal on the ground that there should be no personalisation of projects executed with public funds,” it said. 

Chimamanda Adichie Receives The 'Prism Of Reason' Award In Germany

The Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie received the Prism of Reason award on her 42nd birthday in Germany.

She took photos from the event to her social media page and captioned it "So grateful to have received the 'prism of Reason' award from the citizen of Kassel, Germany, on my birthday, September 15. Grateful to have turned 42, Grateful for family, friends and fans. Dalu nu rinne"

Tobi Bakre Joins 'Jenifa's Dairy' As George - Funke Akindele Reveals

Funke Akindele moments ago just dropped an RPG of nothing but joy on all her fans world wide as she took to her Instagram page moments ago to announce that Tobi Bakre of BBNaija 2018 is a new cast on her popular TV Series Jenifas Dairy.

In sharing this amazing bundle of joy news on Instagram , funke said:

Say hello to George!!! #jenifasdiary cc: @tobibakre, celebrities like Yemi Alade already took to the comment section to express her joy calling Funke Akindele a force to be reckoned with. in her word she said :

Mama of life, my friends in America were talking about Lyta as a character in your series, saying that's how they got to know about his music! You are such a force! @funkejenifaakindele.

Tobi Bakre himself reacted to the comment of Yemi Alade  by saying:

This one is loud gan!!!! ������

My Resignation Has Nothing To Do With Bashing I Received Online - Seun Onigbinde

Seun Onigbinde has stated that his resignation from the Buhari-led administration had nothing to do with the attacks he received online following his appointment.

Onigbinde, the Co-founder of BudgIT, yesterday announced his resignation as the Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba. His resignation came after his appointment was greeted with shock and disapproval by Nigerians. Many felt he should never take an appointment with the same government his has openly criticised and worked against.

I Want To Be Somebody's Girlfriend, I Have Everything You Want'- Lady Cries Out

A young dark lady has taken to social media to cry out. She said she needs to have a boyfriend at all cost.And that she has everything that a guy would want in a lady

'I cannot hold it no more...Am I not fine enough?' she asked 'I have everything you want, ynash I have, body shape I have it,what else do you people what? Somebody should better date me o' She shouted..

Nigerian Comedian, Mama Tobi, Meets Bishop TD Jakes In Lagos

 Thomas Dexter Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas is currently in Lagos, Nigeria and he's just met with popular Instagram comedian, Mama Tobi

Check out more photos from the meeting below....

Oritsefemi And His Wife, Nabila Fash Kiss On The Street In Italy

Oritsefemi and his beautiful wife, Nabila are currently enjoying a vacation in Sicily, Italy.

See more photos from their baecation below...

Profile Of Members of Buhari's New Economic Advisory Council

Here is what you need to know about the appointees.

1. Doyin Salami

He is a senior lecturer at Lagos Business School where he leads sessions in the economic environment of business. He has also served as director of programmes for five years until January 2005.

Mr. Salami is a doctoral degree graduate of Queen Mary College, University of London. His research interests include corporate long-term financial management; macroeconomic policy; corporate competitiveness and risk management; and characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

He served as member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria and had been a member of the Federal Government’s Economic Management Team.

2. Bismarck J. Rewane

Mr Rewane is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Company Limited in Lagos.

He has more than thirty years of experience as an Economist, Banker & Financial Analyst. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Bankers of England and Wales and a Fellow of The Nigerian Institute of Bankers.

3. Chukwuma C. Soludo

The former CBN governor was born on 28th July, 1960, and hails from Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. After his secondary school education, he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he graduated with a first class degree in Economics. He also undertook his postgraduate and doctorate degrees in Economics from the same University winning on both occasions, the prize for the best graduating student.
Mr Soludo, a professor, had cumulative four years of post-doctoral training in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including: The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; University of Cambridge, UK, as Smuts Research Fellow and Fellow of the Wolfson College; the UN Economic Commission for Africa as a Post-Doctoral Fellow; University of Warwick as a Visiting scholar and Visiting Research Scholar at Center for African Economies, University of Oxford (with funding by the Rhodes committee). He also attended over a dozen specialized courses and has had extensive research, teaching and consultancy works in different areas of economics.

He has worked at the World Bank both as a short and long-term consultant since 1993 and also at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa.

4. Sheu Yahaya

Prior to his appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Development Bank of Nigeria Plc (DBN) in March 2017, Mr Yahaya was the Bank’s Interim Managing Director.

He has an outstanding career in Academia and Development Finance, having held several management and executive roles, including Executive Director at the African Development Bank and member, Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Before joining the African Development Bank, he served as Deputy General Manager at Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM). He was a lecturer in Macroeconomics at the Department of Economics in University of Sussex, UK and Head of Economics Department in Bayero University kano, Nigeria.

5. Ode Ojowu

Ode Ojowu (born August 16, 1948) is a Nigerian economics professor and a former Chief Executive of the National Planning Commission. He was also Chief Economic Adviser to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2004 and 2005.

He has held positions at the International Monetary Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme .He was a professor of economics at the University of Jos.

In 2008 Ojowu was appointed head of the governing council of the Benue State University.

6. Mohammed Sagagi

Mr Sagagi has a Certificate Course in Making Markets Work for the Poor from Springfield Center, Durham UK; PhD (Economics) from University of Warwick, Coventry, England (1985) with thesis on Commercial Policy and Industrialization in Nigeria; and M Sc. (Economics) from the University of Warwick, Coventry, England (1981).
He bagged his B Sc. in Economics with First Class Hons. from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 1977. He serves as Political Economy and Government Relations Adviser at a DFID-funded Programme on Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (Mafita) in Northern Nigeria.

He is an Economist and Development Consultant with a strong academic background and extensive private sector experience in Nigeria. His expertise and ability to carry out research, conduct diagnostic studies, design interventions as well as formulate practical development strategies.

According to his details, he has interests in political economy and sustainability of interventions- and play crucial roles in ensuring that Political Economy and sustainability issues are (a) integral to design and (b) part of the day-to-day management of all interventions. He has participated in a number of Federal, State and Local Governments of Nigeria reform programmes.

7. Salisu Mohammed

Born in 1959 in Mamudo, Potiskum LGA, Yobe State, Mr. Salisu is married with 3 children. He bagged PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom (1990). His thesis was titled Oil Exports and the Nigerian Economy: An Econometric Study. He also bagged MSc degree in Economics from University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria in1986 and BSc (FIRST CLASS HONS) in Economics also from University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria, in 1982.


Iyabo Masha is a global economist with a demonstrated history of working in central banking and financial markets, economic management, international lending, finance and development. Strong focus on macroeconomic stabilization policy research and implementation.

She has worked with the International Monetary Fund since 2003 in Washington D.C. Metro Area. According to her, the assignments in more than 10 emerging markets (Asian and African countries) focus on comprehensive economic management including: (i) policy reform advisory services and dialogue with governments (ii) financing and lending programs; (iii) analytic research and economic modeling and forecasting. Specifically, she helps design for national governments and central banks, implementable solutions specific to their circumstance.

She also ensures that key economic and financial policy reforms are focused on fiscal and debt sustainability; foreign reserve adequacy; improving the transmission mechanism of monetary policy; achieving depth, safety and soundness in the financial sector; and managing capital flight.

She worked at Central Bank of Nigeria’s Research Department between 1998 and 2003. She also worked with the World Bank between 1997 and 1998 as well as the IRIS Center, University of Maryland at College Park as a consultant.

She is the immediate past IMF Representative for Sierra Leone.

116,623 Cases Pending In Federal High Courts - Justice John Tsoho

The Acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho has promised to work towards improved efficiency and workers’ welfare as he revealed that about 116,623 cases are pending in the courts.

Speaking at the beginning of the 2019/2010 new legal year of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice John Tsoho said 16,144 cases were filed this quarter alone out of which 12,692 had been disposed off.

The Chief Judge who hailed court’s judges for their contributions to the promotion of democracy especially the efficient handling of election matters, also promised to ensure the appointment of more judges for the court due to the high volume of pending cases.

“From the reports received, about 116,623 cases are pending in the Federal High Court; 16,144 cases were filed in this quarter alone in which 12,692 have been disposed off.

“It is obvious that the judges were over-burdened with work in the last legal year. We, therefore, need to engage more judicial officers to help out.

“However, it does appear that there was no provision for appointment of judges in the current budget.

“I will make efforts to discuss with the relevant stakeholders to see to the possibility of facilitating the recruitment of more judicial officers in the course of the year" he said.

FFK Tells President Buhari What To Do With Letter Of Apology From South Africa

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, FFK, has advised President Buhari on what to do with the letter of apology sent by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

Recall that President Buhari welcomed a South African envoy which came with the letter of apology from President Ramaphosa over the xenophobic attacks suffered by Nigerians in his country.

Reacting to the news of the envoy’s arrival, FFK stated that President Buhari should use the letter of apology as a toilet paper.

Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Meeting End In Deadlock Again

The discussions between the Federal Government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council over the N30,000 national minimum wage ended in a deadlock again as both parties refused to shift ground.

A source in the labour movement said after the meeting held on Monday that the representatives of government were not serious.

The PUNCH reported that although Buhari had signed a new minimum wage into law on April 18, 2019, the negotiations between the Federal Government and the JNPSNC had earlier broken down due to unresolved irreconcilable differences in their proposals.

The last negotiation which was supposed to hold on September 4, was suspended on Tuesday last week and rescheduled to hold on Monday September 16 at the instance of the officials.

While the Federal Government proposed 9.5 per cent salary increase for employees on grade levels 07 to 14 and five per cent for those on grade levels 15 to 17, the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria were demanding 30 per cent increase for officers on grade levels 07 to 14 and 25 per cent increase for grade levels 15 to 17.

A labour source said, “We have discovered that the government is not serious at all; a mandate was given to the government side to take the position of labour and government’s team to President Muhammadu Buhari and report back at the meeting.

“But we discovered that they didn’t do it; they are just taking us for a ride. So, we are reporting that the meeting was deadlocked and our next line of action will be to report to our parent unions.”

"BudgITng Co-Founded By Seun Onigbinde, Is Funded By A CIA Front" – Aye Dee

Mukhtar Daniya popularly known as Aye Dee, has stated that BudgITng which is co-founded by Seun Onigbinde, is funded by a company used as a front by the CIA.

Recall that Seun Onigbinde tendered his resignation yesterday, few days after he accepted a Federal Government role despite being a staunch critic of the Buhari administration.

Reacting to Seun Onigbinde’s appointment by the Nigerian government, Aye Dee stated that it showed a lack of intelligence.

In another series of tweets, Aye Dee stated that foreign agendas are pushed by embedding agents in government.

South-East Leaders Treating IPOB Issue With Kid Gloves - Yabagi Sani

Engr. Yabagi Sani, National Chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in this interview with
JOY ANIGBOGU, spoke on the role of youths in national development, recent activities of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and other issues. Excerpts:

Recently you held a maiden national youth summit. What did you plan to achieve?

We believe that for youths to bounce back to reckoning, they need the backings and support of governments. They have to be educated, employed and empowered socially, politically and financially.
Unfortunately the leadership cadre in Nigeria is filled with aged politicians who think nation building is their exclusive preserve and as such youth should not be given a chance. Perhaps, their stand explains why though youths are said to be leaders of tomorrow, that future never comes.

The national youth summit is another testimony to the pride of place ADP has for young men and women as well as persons living with disability who by the ADP compulsory and constitutional provisions, must occupy 25 percent of Party Executive and all other elective and appointive positions from the National, State, Local Government down to the unit level.
Hence our decision to hold this Youth Summit, the first of its kind in the history of our Party, with the theme: “Building Bridges Amongst Youth Across Continents” and the reason we have invited one of the youngest members of the British Conservative Party with a rising profile from the United Kingdom, “Mr. Jaymey Mclvor” as our Guest Speaker.

How can you describe the recent activities of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) abroad, attack of Ekweremadu in Germany and their attempt to meet with Mr. President in Japan?

The IPOB activity can be viewed from both political and economical angles. When people start thinking that they are not part and parcel of what should belong to them, there is problem. If the unemployment level is not as high as it is I don’t think people would want to leave the country, because they have seen that nothing is happening that would give them confidence, that is why what happened in Japan took place in the first place. I think that the political aspect of it is what the president should be able to solve but also my message to the South East is that if they want to have leadership of the country, they should exhibit discipline and maturity. Today we are talking about power shift and the South-East says power should return to them. It is a political issue that the South-East at this time should understand that what happened in Japan gave them a bad name. Would Mr. President hand over power to his enemies if he has to make that choice? The reality is that Nigeria as we have today would go beyond where we are when power at national level ceases to be an issue based on merit.

What is your view about the opinion in some quarters that Mr. President is treating Fulani herders with kid’s gloves?

Being a former head of State, I cannot see any reason why he cannot take effective measures to handle the issue of Fulani herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping and what have you. If the president cannot take care of the security and welfare of the people, what is the use of the government if it cannot tackle the issue of security and welfare of the people? Whatever it is that is standing between the president and these issues. I think that by now he should have been able to jettison those things.

Do you believe in power shift in the country?

As a political party, we are for all-inclusiveness. We believe in justice and fair play. We allow democracy to have its way because when you allow democracy to have its way then you can begin to talk about good governance. The reality we have today in terms of deciding who gets what, I think the South-East people should do better if they begin to act with maturity and sense of responsibility. What is four years in the life of a nation? If in four years’ time you are going to have the opportunity to rule the country, wait until it comes to you, then do what you like with it. When you start to act not only in the country but outside the country, giving the country a bad name, the consequences may be huge when you need the support of other regions. People would begin to ask if they share the sentiments of one Nigeria. I know that in Nigeria if care is not taken, because the impression that the South-East may likely want to consider seceding, Yoruba may take the next presidency, in spite of the fact that they have just finished. If you see that the South-East cannot be controlled with what IPOB is doing, then why do you want to give power to those who cannot control their erring members?

What if the South-East region refutes the allegation that IPOB represents it?

A question was asked as to why President failed to control the Fulani herdsmen because they believe that Buhari is a Fulani man and should be able to take care of them. Similarly people can start inferring that South-East should be able to take care of IPOB. Just as you can say that Buhari has failed because you think that he possesses other avenues he can explore aside being the president to solve this problem. We can also say that for reasons best known to the South-East people, they are treating IPOB with kids gloves. We saw the case of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), former President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered they be shot at sight, but we saw some governors of the South-West using them, till today. It will do the South-East good to tackle the issue of IPOB, just like Buhari should call Fulani herdsmen to order.

El-Rufai has said that the North will not handover power in 2023. What is your view?

He was probably speaking for All Progressives Congress (APC) not ADP.

What do you think about the speculation in some quarters that Buhari is planning to handover to Tinubu?

It is not exclusive right of APC to present the next president. Nigerians should decide who would emerge and not APC. The APC would bring its candidate and others too would bring theirs and Nigeria would decide who the next president would be. Awakening the consciousness of the people and making sure that the electoral laws are amended to give level playing ground, ensuring that power is held accountable. Nigerians should speak out. The important thing is that the press must be alive to the need to change the scenario. It should be in the vanguard. Systems that are more entrenched than Nigeria did it. We had Obama as president of United Sates of America. We also have Trump, which is more revolutionary. It means that change is possible.

Don’t you think that it was unfair for the president to have asked the Governors of Taraba and Benue States to answer questions to the killings in Taraba, when we know that governors are not in control of the military and police?

They are the security chiefs in their States. Administratively, the commissioner of police is under the governor but functionally he is under the Inspector General of Police (IGP) which means that they are supposed to explore the administrative relationship between the commissioner of police and the governors to ensure that some of those things happening are checked. The commissioner of police and other agencies in that State sit in a security meeting every week. If the President asked the governors to account, he was right because the governors are heads of the security meetings that they hold in their States.

Davido's Daughter, Hailey, Seen Singing Davido And Chris Brown's "Blow My Mind"

This is lovely, like father like daughter, Davido's needs to send his daughter to the music booth as soon as possible.

Davido's baby mama, Mandy catches her daughter on camera mimicking her dad and Chris Brown new song "Blow my mind".

Hailey the second adorable daughter of Nigerian music star, Davido has blossomed beautiful over the past few years ever since her birth in early 2017.

Can't stop watching the video, is really amazing one by Hailey, Watch the video below,

Monday, 16 September 2019

Oyo State: PDP Wins At Tribunal, Trash APC

The House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan has upheld the elections of two legislators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Oyo State Assembly.

The three-man panel of justices Tribunal led by D. M. Igyuse upheld the elections of Messrs Olasunkanmi Babalola (Egbeda State Constituency) and Akeem Adeshina (Iwajowa State Constituency).

We had reported that the duo were dragged before the Tribunal by their All Progressives Congress (APC) opponents in the last general election to challenge their victory.

Babalola, who is the Deputy Majority leader of the Oyo Assembly, was dragged to the Tribunal by Mr Olalekan Usman, while Adeshina was challenged at the Tribunal by Mr Johnson Eroyalesun.

In its ruling on Monday, the Tribunal dismissed the separate petitions on account that the petitioners could neither prove nor establish their claims of irregularities in the election.

Bbnaija 2019: Meet The Remaining 10 Big Brother Naija ‘pepper Dem’ Housemates

 The Biggest reality show in Nigeria, Big Brother Naija is gradually coming to an end and we are just left with ten housemates in Biggie’s house after Khafi’s eviction last night.

We are left with 6 guys and 4 guys. Here are the remaining 10 housemates in the biggest reality show.

Cindy Okafor

Cindy came into the house on the 32nd day, and although fans do not rate her as someone who is capable of winning the ultimate prize, Cindy is one character that is full of surprises. The 23-year-old is a Photographer and artist.

Mercy Eke

High prospect for this year’s ultimate prize, 26-year-old Mercy Eke from Imo state remains in the house and she has proven to be one of the top contestants in the house. The Video vixen has a romantic affair with Ike, and fans are also loving her Dance moves when it comes to Saturday Night Parties.

Precious ‘Symply Tacha’ Natasha

Arguably the most controversial and most popular housemate, Tacha, prior to her entry into the house, was popular for her raunchy-laden videos on Instagram. The 23-year-old Entrepreneur and social media influencer reeks of confidence and is never shy to always declare she’d be in the house till day 99.

Diane Yashim

Diane, from Kaduna state, has quite a cult following outside the house but most viewers of the show are of the opinion that she’s been riding on the wave of sheer luck. Hopefully, that luck can keep the 23-year-old till the 99th day, We’ll see.

Oluwaseyi Awolowo

Seyi Awolowo, a 30-year-old Doctor from Ogun state has endeared fans to his side simply being a descendant of the great Obafemi Awolowo. His stake to win in the house keeps on rising and the next weeks in the house will be super interesting.

Omashola Kola Oburoh

38-year-old Omashola, a Model and Entrepreneur from Delta State has the same strategy reminiscent of BBnaija 2017 Winner, Efe. He is popular for his ‘Street Mentality’ and his screaming of ‘Warri’ anytime he’s about to perform a task or needs morale.

Steve “Ike” Onyeama

The self-acclaimed gangster of the ‘pepper dem’ gang, remains in the house alongside his love interest, Mercy. Ike has got a backing outside the house from his fans and they are loyal till day 99 (If indeed he remains till that day)

Chukwuemeka ”Frodd” Okoye

Frodd AKA the crying man, has survived many nominations and still remains in the house as one of the top competition for the money. The 28-year old is an Investment Adviser and Sales Executive

Elozonam Ogbolu

Elozoman benefited from Big Brother’s twist as he was introduced into the house on day 30 and since the the Delta State-born musical artist has endeared fans to himself and has particularly developed quite an intense partnership with Diane.

Mike Edwards

Free Spirited and often said to be a real man in the house, Mike Edwards left Manchester, his wife and his Business Empire to compete in the reality show. It is safe to say that hasn’t so far been a wrong move as his fans are notoriously vouching for him to win.
Mike’s beautiful wife is also his biggest supporter and she has never failed to canvass votes for her man.

Femi Fani-kayode's Sons Rock Mohawk Hairstyle

Femi Fani-Kayode's sons rocked matching mohawk hairstyles as their proud father showed them off on Instagram.

Sharing a photo of Aragorn, Ragnar, Aiden and Liam, FFK wrote: "My four Princes: my strength, my joy, my glory and my pride! May the Lord keep and bless you and may the blood of Jesus speak for you all the days of your lives!"


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"I Had Over 40 Stiches" - Tyson Fury After Bloody Eye Cut During Fight

 Boxer Tyson Fury has said he is "ready for war" with Deontay Wilder in February despite concerns the severe cuts suffered in his heavyweight win over Otto Wallin could delay any fight.

Speaking to BBC Sport as he was ushered through the airportin Las Vegas on Sunday, the 31-year British fighter said "just over 40 stitches" were needed for two cuts suffered against Wallinon Saturday.

"I went to the hospital, had a few stitches, went home and had an early night," he said.

"Then I've got up, gone to the casino, won five grand, had a few beers and now I'm going to have a few more beers."

Fury added: "I'm ready for war. I think it was just over 40 stitches inside and out with both the cuts.

"Listen I'm all right. It's boxing. You can't go swimming and not get wet. It's the fight game."

Tyson Fury was taken straight to hospital following his fight with Otto Wallin after suffering a brutal cut above his eye.

Fury beat Wallin by unanimous decision after being taken 12 rounds by the Swede.

But Fury had to deal with a nasty cut to the eye for most of the fight with some even fearing he may not be able to continue.

And rather than do the media duties after the match Fury was taken straight to hospital to get his cut checked out.

Watch the video

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Lizzy Anjorin mocks Toyin Abraham after being served legal papers for defamation (video)

Lizzy Anjorin mocked Toyin Abraham with a dance video attached to an Instagram post she shared in reaction to legal papers she was served over an alleged defamation by her colleague.

Toyin who demanded that Lizzy apologizes on Instagram and also abides by a Cease and Desist on defamatory posts against her person, stated that silence is not golden and it is quite ideal to let a pig know that it belongs in the pen rather than wrestle with it.  She also warned that the legal action in which she will be seeking N500m as damages will commence in 24 hours if Lizzy Anjorin fails to comply with the notice.

However reacting to the notice she was served, Lizzy Anjorin mocked Toyin Abraham with the "name of the letter" alongside a dance video. She wrote;

"Name of attire LAWYER LETTER "

Bovi cries out as his wife, Kris steals his cloth and totally slays in it

Today's episode of "God When" features Nigerian comedian, Bovi hilariously taking to his Insta-story to call out his wife, Kris for stealing his cloth and slaying in it at a Karaoke night outing they turned up for with other friends.

Bovi jokingly said he thought it was thief that stole his cloth after his wife stepped into the venue of their outing. Here are his posts below;

Vanessa Mdee opens up on why she dropped out of University

Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee had a rush of bitter-sweet memories as she arrived at Catholic University of Eastern Africa as a judge for East Africa Got Talent competition.

The music star revealed that she once enrolled in the institution for an undergraduate degree but dropped out after her father died because they couldn't afford the tuition fees. Vanessa however had an amazing turnaround over the years and is now returning to the University as a judge for a talent show.

“Full circle moment for me; I dropped out of college when Dad died to pursue my career at MTV AFRICA (we couldn’t afford it anymore). Today I return to that very same college as a judge on @eastafricagt to see someone else’s dreams become a reality. Bittersweet memories BE GONE, we are making history over the next 3 weeks. WE GO LIVE at 8pm EAT. These are the semi-finals,” she wrote.

Vanessa Mdee had also revealed few weeks ago that she is clinically blind in one eye. She also added that it did not stop her from achieving her dream.

“It’s unusual for someone so young to sing so soulfully, you can tell that you’ve been through stuff I’m clinically blind in one eye as well but that hasn’t stopped me from pursuing my biggest dreams. Let that be the fuel for you no matter what happens at the end of this competition to me you are a winner and you’re going to continue winning,” she wrote.

EFCC arrests Fidelity Bank employee for allegedly stealing N137M, cars and houses recovered from him

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has arrested one Kehinde Olumide Agbabiaka, a sales agent of Fidelity Bank Plc.

According to a statement from the EFCC, Agbabiaka's arrest was sequel to a apetition jointly penned by the bank’s Regional Security Officer and the Cluster Control and Compliance Manager, in which it was alleged that the suspect suppressed, diverted and stole a total sum of N137,000,000 (One Hundred and Thirty-Seven Million Naira) from personal and corporate accounts of a customer in Ibadan.

Filed on August 20, 2019, the petition alleged that Agbabiaka committed the offence between January 2017 and July 2019.

The suspect, who was the account officer attached to the customer, was said to be visiting the business premises of the victim weekly to collect cash with the understanding that he would remit same to his accounts domiciled in the bank’s Challenge, Ibadan branch.

But, instead of depositing the money, Agbabiaka was said to have at different times remitted only a portion and on many occasions diverted the whole sum to personal use.

In order to cover his criminal acts, the suspect, according to the petition, would rather issue fictitious bank slips to deceive the customer that he truly deposited the sums.

This continued until the customer reviewed the statement of his account and reconciled same with the cash collection register. It was then they discovered Agbabiaka’s fraudulent deeds, prompting the bank to put up the petition. So far, the EFCC investigators have established a prima facie case of diversion and stealing against the suspect.

Further investigations also revealed that he had used the suppressed sums to build houses, purchase cars, invest in fixed deposits and insurance policies. He also gave part of the loot to people as friendly loans. Some of the items have been recovered and registered as exhibits.

The antigraft agency says he will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Dammy Krane arraigned in court, granted N50k bail

Dammy Krane whose real name is Johnson Oyindamola, was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos by the police today September 16th on a three-count charge of threat to life, defamation and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.

Dammy was accused to have threatened to attack staff of betting company, MerryBet, verbally and online after a business deal between them went sour.

Police Prosecutor, Insp. J. I. Enang, told the court that the 27-year-old singer attended a betting competition organised by the betting company and went on rampage after he lost during the competition on July 29th at Cool FM in Lagos. The police prosecutor added that Dammy Krane went on to post a video on the internet accusing the sport betting company of owing him.

“The defendant, however demanded some money for appearing on the show, the firm disagreed, insisting that the sum was only for the winners.  The musician subsequently breached a contractual agreement with the firm. He also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by posting an audio and a video message on Cool FM 96.9,” Enang said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 168 (d), 301 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Dammy Krane's lawyer, Adebayo Oniyelu, thereafter asked the court to grant him bail with a promise that as a public figure, Dammy Krane will not jump bail.

“We humbly apply for the bail of the defendant. Section 35 (5) states that an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He is a popular musician, if granted bail, he will not jump bail, meanwhile he has been in police custody since Sept. 13,” Oniyelu told the court

The Magistrate, Mrs Folashade Botoku, granted the singer bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

The case was adjourned till October 11th for mention.

Ayo Fayose's N6.9 billion fraud trial to resume in October

The trial of Ayo Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State will now resume on October 21 before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Ayo Fayose is being prosecuted by EFCC over N6.9billion fraud and money laundering charges. He was first arraigned on October 22, 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering offences. 

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on October 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum. The defendant was subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, on July 2nd. He had also pleaded not guilty to the charges and was allowed to continue on the earlier bail granted. 

After his re-arraignment, Justice Aneke had granted leave for the defendant to travel abroad for medicals. The court had, however, ordered that his International passport be returned to the court, on or before September 16. Aneke had then adjourned the case until September 16, 17, 18, and 19 and also to October 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 for the continuation of trial. 

The case will now come up on October 21, as Judges are away for the annual judges' conference, which takes place after the annual long vacation of the court.

It might be ideal to let the pig know it belongs in the pen - Toyin Abraham says as she serves a defamatory lawsuit notice to Lizzy Anjorin

Toyin Abraham has served a defamatory lawsuit notice to Lizzy Anjorin, in fulfillment of her threat of suing her colleague over an Instagram post she described as 'defamatory'.

Lizzy Anjorin accused Toyin Abraham on Saturday September 14, of trolling her colleagues with fake accounts and owning an Instagram blog that reported that she (Lizzy) was subjected to a search for hard drugs at a Saudi airport.

Toyin however stuck to her strongly worded statement of instructing her "lawyers to take up this matter and she will be hearing from them by Monday'. She took to Instagram today September 16, to share photos of the defamatory lawsuit notice.

The new mother who demanded that Lizzy apologizes on Instagram and also abides by a Cease and Desist on defamatory posts against her person, stated that silence is not golden and it is quite ideal to let a pig know that it belongs in the pen rather than wrestle with it. 

Toyin also warned that the legal action in which she will be seeking N500m as damages will commence in 24 hours if Lizzy Anjorin fails to comply with the notice.

She wrote "Silence is not golden. Rather than wrestle with a pig, it might be ideal to let the pig know that it belongs in the pen. No longer speaking on this, my management team and attorneys are taking this up."

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